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DS9 4-06

DS9 4x06

Original airdate: 10/30/1995
Rewatch date: 2/20/2014

Dax is reunited with a Trill containing the symbiont of one of her previous hosts' wives, but if they resume any kind of relationship, they will be exiled from Trill culture forever.

Spoiler-free notes:

I know I'm repeating myself, but this opening again illustrates what I've been writing about. The hook is that Dax is being reunited with her former wife. I grant that this makes for interesting potential character development for Dax (and Trill culture, more generally), but is it the kind of thing that's going to appeal to audiences tuning in for Star Trek?

Susanna Thompson, the actress who plays Lenara Kahn, also played a Romulan in TNG's "The Next Phase" and a crazy person in TNG's "Frame of Mind."

"What do Klingons dream about?" "Things that would send chills down your spine and wake you in the middle of the night. No, it is better that you do not know." Love it. I'm guessing Worf dreams about unicorns, rainbows, and gumdrops.

Maybe Eddington is just a lazy bastard who takes way too much time off. I can think of no other explanation for so many long stretches of people acting like he doesn't even exist anymore.

I think Bashir set up that "emergency" call to sick bay.

It's cool that Dax gets to walk across a force field. Clever way of giving us something we've never seen before.

The Trill taboo makes sense in the long run, and Dax's willingness to go against it makes sense given what we know of her character (after all, she's already bucked convention by resuming Curzon's friendship with Sisko). A lot of people see this episode as some kind of commentary on same-sex relationships--because it deals with cultural taboos and has the first on-screen woman-on-woman kiss in Trek history--but if there's a commentary to be found, it's in the fact that no one at any point remarks on Jadzia and Lenara both being women; it's not even an issue. Still, the idea of throwing caution to the wind and making the greatest of sacrifices in the name of love is poignant, and the love story of the week thing works a hell of a lot better in this episode than it has in previous ones.

Spoiler section:

Susanna Thompson also goes on to portray the Borg queen in a few episodes of VOY.

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